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Plum Granny Farm Weekly Update - A Taste of Fall & Pirates Galore!

Posted 9/18/2015 9:40am by Cheryl Ferguson.

Hello Farm Friends!  Happy Friday!

The first hints of Fall abound -- occasional red leaves on trees, dogwood berries, shorter days and a definite nip in the air!  Sweatshirts and quilts came out of hiding earlier this week -- the low on Sunday night was a chilly 44 degrees! The official start to Fall begins at 4:21 a.m. on Wednesday -- it's the autumnal equinox.

Lots of fall preparations are underway.  Cutting hay and readying the strawberry field are high on our list of priorities.  Hay making this fall is a bit more important since we need some ourselves -- we've got 2 hungry critters to feed this winter!

Cutting hay

For our strawberries, we are cleaning up the plants that went in last fall and are filling the empty holes from our plant shortage last year.  Ray ran the bushhog over the field to give the plants a haircut and now we face a very time-consuming task of removing the runners and plant debris.  Ray estimates that it will take about 20 labor-hours to do this.  Then we'll use the plants that we started from runner tips to fill-in any holes.

Ray in the strawberry field  Ray and BB in the strawberry field

Harvest continues to occupy a lot of our time with the beans pouring in along with muscadines, okra and squash.  Our planned bean successions seem to be working well with the first of the 2nd planting showing up on our market tables this weekend.  And the long-anticipated green chile is starting to roll in!  The roaster is in full production! Mmmmmm!

Green chile waiting for the roaster

BB Update

Our tiny little lamb isn't so tiny.  She weighed in at 13 lbs. this morning (we actually thought that she'd hit 15 for sure!).  BB and Gesti are doing very well together and the cats don't view her as dinner anymore.

BB is not a tiny lamb anymore  Weekly BB weigh-in  BB & Gesti - buddies?

BB will at Cobblestone for a few more Saturdays at Laura Frazier's FarmGirl Arts booth at the top of the Cobblestone Old Salem Market.  Stop by and say "hi" to BB and Laura!

Garlic Growing Workshop

Don't forget our upcoming hands-on garlic growing workshop here at the farm on Sunday, October 11 from 2-5.  We've had lots of interest in the event so get your registration in soon!  We are limiting attendance to 15 people.  The workshop will provide extensive information on garlic growing as well as an opportunity to plant garlic in a raised bed.  In addition to instruction, participants will receive 1/2 pound of seed garlic.  Registration and prepayment is required.  Cost of the course is $30.  Please email us at farm@plumgrannyfarm.com for a registration form.

Market Updates

We'll be at Cobblestone Farmers Market at Old Salem on Saturday (9-noon) and King Farmers Market at the YMCA on Wednesday (11-1). We'll have lots of green beans (Jade round pod, haricot verts, Romano-type, Rattlesnake pole).   There will also be bunches of our tasty Muscadines and Scuppernong Grapes!  Click here for a copy of the Scuppernong/Muscadine Grape Hull Pie recipe from Our State -- it's a Southern classic!  We will also have lots of cured garlic along with Okra, Salad Mix, Summer Squash, Roasted Green Chile, Tomatoes (Fruit Boxes and a few Saladettes, slicers and paste tomatoes) and Shishito Peppers (few)-- all Certified Organic.

We are happy to hold an item for you -- just let us know no later than 9 p.m. the day before market (Friday evening or Tuesday evening).

Ahoy matey!  Tomorrow is one of our favorite wacky holidays -- International Talk Like a Pirate Day!  Practice up your "pirate-speak" in anticipation.  Don't worry if your eye-patch is at the cleaners - you don't have to dress like a pirate, just talk like one.  Aargh!

Until next week,

Cheryl & Ray 

Spring Plant-a-Palooza!

3 Days! Saturday, April 27 (10-3); Sunday, April 28 (1-5) and Monday, April 29 (10-2)

Looking for the perfect heirloom tomato for your garden or an unusual herb? Come up to the Farm and pick out plants for your garden! We will offer a wide assortment of Certified Organic transplants including heirloom and hard-to-find varieties. There will be hundreds of plants available: tomatoes, tomatillos, peppers - hot and sweet, eggplant, herbs plus ginger and turmeric plants. The farm also will sell farm-grown blackberry and black raspberry plants along with veggie starts such as kale, lettuce and swiss chard. In addition to plants, we will also have organic soil amendments to keep your plants healthy and productive.

Our Online Store is Ready to Serve You!

Our online store is fully stocked and waiting for your orders! Click here to go right to the shelves.  You'll find our popular fruit-forward Jams (regular and gift-size jars), Garlic Powder and Granules as well as our new Ginger Powder and Lavender Sachets!  

NEW!  Local customers can order online and arrange to pick up their items at the farm.

 

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